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Long Way Down

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  1. Indeed. http://pigeonsnest.co.uk/stuff/thieving-gypsy-bastards.html
  2. Don't think many of them would have the qualities required for such a role.............. The recruitment agencies books are overflowing with these guys.
  3. I've spoken to a few desperate ex oil and gas guys recently - many of them on £50K plus offshore now chasing jobs on the beach at £25K to "keep them going" until the oil price rises. They're full of complaints when they have to deal with the reality of normal jobs and salaries - which many don't have the skills to do - and they are driving salaries down as many have huge mortgages and employers know they are desperate......... Also heard of quite a few trying to offload their X5s at the dealer in exchange for a smaller car,/lower monthly payments without success. On the plus side, hotel rooms are easier to find in the North East, and they are now open to some haggling on the price - this wasn't the case a few years ago!
  4. Often owned by people like this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3200698/Meet-gipsy-king-worth-200million-born-roadside-learned-trade-offering-Tarmac-drives-lunches-Prime-Ministers.html Why would anyone even consider buying one of these park homes?
  5. What really is ridiculous is the 50mph speed limit for small vans on single carriageways where the natinal speed limit is 60mph. There's a stretch of road nearby where the camera vans regularly prosecute small vans i.e. those with a GVW just over the 2000Kg limit - e.g. Transit Connect at GVW 2050Kg. Crazy, especially since these vans are generally much safer (ABS etc.) than many 10 year old family hatchbacks loaded up with family and luggage.
  6. Indeed. To suggest that reliability, efficiency and performance of wind generators has not improved massively over the last 30 years is crazy. I wonder why China has the largest installed capacity of windpower in the world if, as suggested, they are merely built to take advantage of subsidies?
  7. I don't think anyone would doubt the real reason that iran wants nuclear!
  8. "Solid metal rod" - is the word "shaft" banned on HPC? How long ago did the example you cite in Hawaii occurr? Google IGBT and you'll see that things have moved on since that era. Gearbox failures are more often due to maintenance subcontractors not changing oil/sampling oil or properly inspecting gearboxes. Most windfarm owners contract the cheapest and corners are cut!
  9. With the need for a DPF on a diesel engine, and the associated problems, it's debatable if running a diesel vehicle saves any money over running the equivalent petrol model.
  10. Scottish Power are currently offering a fixed deal until January 2015. The annual price is only 1% more than my current tarrif with them - seriously considering this option so at least my energy costs are fixed for the next few years. I'm still adding stacks of insulation, woodburner, solar water heating! Energy prices can only go one way.
  11. it's all about revenue protection. As the price of energy increases, it's more attaractive to attempt to bypass the meter. This will alert the power company immediately, and they'll send the boys round........
  12. I was just about to invest in a 100kW PV system until I read about this reduction in FIT rates. Think I'll just buy a BTL now. You can't go wrong with bricks and mortar..................
  13. 80% of childcare costs? Maybe if you're earnings are very low, but not for the majority of people.
  14. Seems like the new government catchphrase is "We're all in this together" - almost as bad as New Liebor's "It's the right thing to do". I haven't benefiited from an over inflated public service salary for sitting at meetings for 35 hours a week, haven't had a share of the ridiculous housing benefit payments made to those who would rather sit at home than work, haven't had a share of the bankers bonuses,haven't borrowed beyond my means, etc. I have, however, seen the interest rate on my modest savings dwindle to a below inflation interest rate, have watched my income drop as taxation levels rise to a ridiculous level, have watched house prices spiral completely out of control, etc. So, why should we "all be in this together"? I wasn't part of the process which created this mess, so why should I feel obliged to help?
  15. Seems like the new government catchphrase is "We're all in this together" - almost as bad as New Liebor's "It's the right thing to do". I haven't benefiited from an over inflated public service salary for sitting at meetings for 35 hours a week, haven't had a share of the ridiculous housing benefit payments made to those who would rather sit at home than work, haven't had a share of the bankers bonuses,haven't borrowed beyond my means, etc. I have, however, seen the interest rate on my modest savings dwindle to a below inflation interest rate, have watched my income drop as taxation levels rise to a ridiculous level, have watched house prices spiral completely out of control, etc. So, why should we "all be in this together"? I wasn't part of the process which created this mess, so why should I feel obliged to help?
  16. From the "Lloyd's Action Now" website: There will be a joining fee of £225 plus VAT and £0.03 plus VAT per share held by you as at December 2009.
  17. Don't worry. We'll have a new generation of nuclear power stations online by then. Only takes a few months to build them these days.
  18. It was only a few days ago that the forum's resident energy expert was telling us that we had so much gas we were running all our gas fired power stations at full capacity.
  19. Why would you use a combi to heat water in an external hot water cylinder? A combi has a circuit within the boiler which heats domestic (tap) hot water via a heat exchanger. You would use a conventional/system boiler to heat a hot water cylinder.
  20. Not just any certified copy. Had to be from a banker, solicitor or public notary - with their stamp/signature/address. Banker "So why do you want me to sign/stamp your certified copy?" Me "So I can open a savings account elsewhere." Banker "F**k off then" And I dread to think how much a solicitor would charge me.
  21. Yes, def from citibank: https://www.citibank.co.uk/personal/banking/passport/index.htm?merchant=citi I finally got through to them on the phone, said they could not verify my ID via the online form due to technical problems at their end - hence the request for certified copy of passport. Have since also certified into recycling via shredder! Have applied for a Sainsburys account - will see what ID they require.
  22. Opened one of these accounts a couple of weeks ago. Received an email later that day asking me to input my passport number and details via their website for identity verification purposes. Now they send me a letter asking for a "certified copy" of passport or driving licence or identity card. According to them, certified copies are "signed and dated by a lawyer, notary public or banker using an official stamp, with their name and address written on it". Is it getting more and more difficult to open a savings account? Have tried to phone them today, message says that due to the high demand for this account, see our website, then the line goes dead. Great customer service.
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